Good Changes for Milwaukee Area Campus Ministry
Having been a part of WELS Campus Ministry for 3 years now, and serving as President of Marquette’s WELS Campus Ministry for 2 of those years, I have seen The Point of Grace change throughout the years. 2013 brought the biggest change to TPoG, as the church, what had become the main focal point of the ministry, had to be sold. Although initially unsure of what would happen to TPoG and WELS Campus Ministry in the Milwaukee area with this huge change, after seeing the changes that have taken place thus far, I know TPoG has a great future ahead of it. Members of TPoG, students in Milwaukee area colleges like Marquette, MSOE, and UWMilwaukee, and WELS believes citywide are eager to start a new chapter for TPoG, and I could not be more excited to be a part of the process!
The Gathering is the new focal point of WELS Campus Ministry, and last night I was able to experience it for the first time. The Gathering works to really connect with college aged kids – it takes pop culture to a whole new level; intertwining themes of faith along with popular television shows is something I had never considered before! The theme last night for The Gathering was “My Paranormal Life”. Following a short introduction of Luke Thompson, the speaker for the night, the lights were dimmed, and clips of “American Horror Story” began to play. Luke Thompson did an amazing job connecting the horror of the unknown that so many people seek in television shows and movies to the hope that we as Christians have in knowing we do not have to be afraid of the unknown; as believers, we can instead have comfort in the knowledge that God is in complete control of everything, even the farthest parts of the universe that we cannot begin to fathom. Who would have thought that a movie like “Paranormal Activity” could reaffirm the solace that I can find in my Lord’s everlasting love and omnipotent power? We can know with full confidence that God will protect us from even those things that are far beyond our grasp and comprehension, the unknown: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor an powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
Thank you, so very much, for allowing WELS Campus Ministry to continue to thrive and grow, despite drastic changes. Without sponsors and donations, TPoG would not be able to reach out to individual campuses to hold weekly Bible studies or bring the campuses together at The Gathering to continually be amazed at God’s greatness. I am so appreciative that I am a part of WELS Campus Ministry at Marquette, and I would like to personally thank you for this opportunity.
Marquette University Student